We are hosting a national Strengthening Communities Conference at Aviemore Highland Resort on 21 and 22 September 2017 (lunchtime to lunchtime event).
Although we are still shaping the agenda, we are delighted to have some exciting speakers confirmed so far. Chaired by Alex Thomson, chief correspondent of Channel 4 news, the conference will provide a platform to share learning, encourage collaboration and strengthen networks. We want to explore approaches to community-led development and discuss the lessons we can learn from successful, resilient communities.
Delegates will also hear about how community development is practised across Scotland and from an international perspective, with speakers including Frank Rennie, professor of sustainable rural development at the University of the Highlands and Islands and Cormac Russell, Managing Director of Nurture Development.
We’re also delighted that we will be joined by Angela Constance MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities. A highlight for after dinner is Josh Littlejohn, the founder of the innovative ‘Social Bite’ concept, who will explain how his work with homeless people through social enterprises is making a lasting social difference and changing lives.
The conference is aimed at communities, community development organisations and practitioners alongside intermediaries, enablers and policy makers from across Scotland. We want to highlight best practice, innovations, and the current and evolving policy and legislative environment, with a focus on maximising impact from an assets and place based approach.
To find out more and to book your place at the conference, visit our Strengthening Communities national conference page >